From the FSSPX:
Cardinal Schönborn’s leniency towards a gay [sic] church member
Cardinal Schönborn made international headlines when he overruled a priest in his diocese who had barred a man named Florian Stangl from joining parish council. Fr. Gerhard Swierzek reportedly told Stangl the night before the election that the young man’s candidacy was not possible according to Church Law since he was publicly living a life contrary to Biblical values. Fr. Swierzek had also asked Stangl to refrain from receiving Communion, leading the young man to remark that he feels the priest has "discriminated against" him. Some parishioners told reporters that if their choice of Stangl was not honored, they were prepared to provoke an uprising.
II. The problems with Vienna
This attitude of the Cardinal of Vienna shows problems on two accounts.
The attitude of the Church towards homosexuals follows the general attitude. She has always taken towards sinners, which looks at them on three sides: the soul, the sin, the scandal of others.
Hate the sin, but the love the sinner...
Before continuing here, we must first make the distinction between an inclination towards homosexuality (i.e., a temptation - which is not sinful) and the commission of actual homosexual sins by thought, word or deed. On this question, the Congregation for the Faith wrote a document which we quote extensively:
Sacred Scripture condemns homosexual acts "as a serious depravity... (cf. Rom 1:24-27; 1 Cor 6:10; 1 Tim 1:10). This judgment of Scripture does not of course permit us to conclude that all those who suffer from this anomaly are personally responsible for it, but it does attest to the fact that homosexual acts are "intrinsically disordered". This same moral judgment is found in many Christian writers of the first centuries and is unanimously accepted by Catholic Tradition.
Certainly the example in Genesis - when God Himself destroyed Sodom (and thus the name of the sin - "sodomy") and Gomorrah - is proof enough that the grave sin of homosexuality is against the natural law. Thus only one blind to common sense and truth can ignore this reality, as well as that carnal union (between a man and woman) is ordained to the begetting of life, and that the sexes complement each other for this sublime purpose.
The homosexual behavior is far from being "gay". Why is it that homosexual cohabitation lasts an average of 18 months in Holland, including also eight other partners? Why is that homosexuals are suicidal risks 14 times more than others? What are the consequences of the sexual liberations except the multiplication of sexual aggressions: pedophilia, rapes and murders related to sexual deviances? Happiness, which everyone seeks, will not be found in a materialist and carnal behavior. Carnal love and spiritual love are intimately united and true love is reciprocal and fecund.
The origin of such deviance is unknown, but there is little doubt that it has greatly grown out of the sexual liberation, the endemic use of pornography, and the destruction of parental, especially paternal authority. Yet, part of the problem is that the very "recompense which was due to their error" (Rom 1:27), the plague of AIDS, has been used by the powerful gay lobby to further their cause.
Love the sinner
Nonetheless, according to the teaching of the Church, men and women with homosexual tendencies "must be accepted with civility, compassion and sensitivity. Every sign of unjust discrimination in their regard should be avoided" (Catechism of the Catholic Church, no. 2358).
According to Christian morality, if the sin is private, that is known to few discrete persons and has no ramification or scandal for the city at large, the matter can be taken care of privately. The Church has means of pardoning such persons and of absolving them from their sins, however serious, as long as the subject is sorry for them and has the firm purpose of amendment. That is what one Catholic present at the Vienna cathedral ‘blessing’ of the homosexuals ‘couples’ on St. Valentine’s day retorted: "Yes, the Church offers them something: confession and absolution for their sins."
Protect the people from the plague of such sins since they threaten society at large
If the sin is public or worse, turns into a de facto cohabitation, then the problem becomes public and this behavior needs to be confined to avoid further spreading the plague on a social scale. This is what the Congregation of the Faith said clearly in 2003:
Moral conscience requires that, in every occasion, Christians give witness to the whole moral truth, which is contradicted both by approval of homosexual acts and unjust discrimination against homosexual persons. Therefore, discreet and prudent actions can be effective; these might involve: unmasking the way in which such tolerance might be exploited or used in the service of ideology; stating clearly the immoral nature of these unions; reminding the government of the need to contain the phenomenon within certain limits so as to safeguard public morality and, above all, to avoid exposing young people to erroneous ideas about sexuality and marriage that would deprive them of their necessary defenses and contribute to the spread of the phenomenon. Those who would move from tolerance to the legitimization of specific rights for cohabiting homosexual persons need to be reminded that the approval or legalization of evil is something far different from the toleration of evil.
In those situations where homosexual unions have been legally recognized or have been given the legal status and rights belonging to marriage, clear and emphatic opposition is a duty. One must refrain from any kind of formal cooperation in the enactment or application of such gravely unjust laws and, as far as possible, from material cooperation on the level of their application. In this area, everyone can exercise the right to conscientious objection.
It should not be forgotten that there is always "a danger that legislation which would make homosexuality a basis for entitlements could actually encourage a person with a homosexual orientation to declare his homosexuality or even to seek a partner in order to exploit the provisions of the law" (Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, Some considerations concerning the response to legislative proposals on the non-discrimination of homosexual persons [July 24, 1992].
IV. The remedy to the present peril
In fact history shows that rise of homosexuality has always had profound ties with heresies and Gnosticism. We speak here of a gnostic sexuality, as the Cathars of Southern France, which rejects the mystery of the Incarnation and the work of procreation commanded by God: "Increase and multiply."
Unfortunately, the latest declaration of Cardinal Vincenzo Paglia, the Vatican’s president of the Pontifical Council for the Family, is leading the Church towards a slippery road. On February 5, 2013, he speaks of the need of juridical recognition of "homosexual couples" and wishes to ban those countries which still hold homosexuality as a crime. This is grounded on "the dignity of all the sons of God. An untouchable dignity. All men are equal since they are the sign of God. In about twenty countries, homosexuality is a crime. I wish that we open the fight against this."
We can only advise Pope Francis to invite Cardinal Paglia to Fatima to pray at the feet of Our Lady of the Rosary. He should command him to become a missionary like St. Dominic. To safeguard the families, the measure he needs to take is to preach the Rosary against the neo-gnostic heresy which condemns life and marriage. It is certain that the meditation on the Incarnation and the Immaculate Virgin are the best antidote to the scourge of the homosexual lobbies.